A Box of Toothpicks from Diamond Co.
Let’s forget poetry for awhile.
I’m at war with Diamond Toothpicks. I bought a box last week, against my basic instincts when I saw Made in China stamped on the blue box. I usually avoid certain products manufactured in certain countries.
The toothpicks, all 740 of them, were splinters. And I mean splinters. Each toothpick was covered with wooden splinters.
I stabbed a toothpick in each of my dainty little sandwiches to keep them from toppling over and guess what. Yes, when I pulled a toothpick out, half of it was left in the sandwich. And it wasn’t a sandwich with concrete filling. I even found pieces of splinters loose in the filling. Aaaagggh.
Okay, there are larger problems in our world right now instead of complaining about splintered toothpicks but this was the toothpick that broke the camel’s back.
What made it worse was trying to find a contact address or phone number for Diamond Co. After spending too long on-line, I finally found an email address and wrote the following to get their attention:
Do you ever use your own products? This product is asking for a lawsuit!
I should have added, “How do I get a splinter out of my gum?”
Anyone for a box of splinters? I ought to feed these to those irritants in the garden who dined on my basil and chiso plants a few nights ago. Dawn of Watermark Publishing suggested a year ago, when I was battling snails and slugs, that I use crushed egg shells around the plants; a sure way to rip apart those slimy snails and slugs as they crawl over them. I took her advice and saved empty egg shells for a year and guess what, they didn’t work. Sacramento snails and slugs are either smarter and tougher than those in Hawaii, or perhaps snails and slugs in Hawaii have more Aloha and will appease hard-working gardeners.
I wonder how crushed toothpicks will work?
This is how I orchestrate my life…always leave a carrot dangling in front of you…adds a touch of anticipation in one’s daily life. So now I await to hear from Diamond Co ( surely they’ll send me golden toothpicks) and see if toothpicks work better than eggshells.
My “bachi” would be if Diamond Co sends me a ton of toothpicks, delivered over my tomato plants.